Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Apr 2009 16:16 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces This is the eleventh article in a series on common usability and graphical user interface related terms. On the internet, and especially in forum discussions like we all have here on OSNews, it is almost certain that in any given discussion, someone will most likely bring up usability and GUI related terms - things like spatial memory, widgets, consistency, Fitts' Law, and more. The aim of this series is to explain these terms, learn something about their origins, and finally rate their importance in the field of usability and (graphical) user interface design. After a rather long hiatus, this eleventh instalment will focus on bling, desktop effects, and compositing, and what they can contribute to the desktop experience.
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Desktop effects and productivity
by Starderup on Sun 5th Apr 2009 14:21 UTC
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The wobbly windows and maximise/minimise effects aren't just for show. They provide visual feedback on your actions. The coolness factor is definitely there, however.

For a good explanation, see this page. It is dated, but outlines many of the benefits of the effects:

I found my first compositing software by searching for 3D Flip. So, I owe it to Vista.
Immediately upon getting home, downloaded and installed Ubuntu 6.10 with Beryl, and have never gone back to static windows. My work computer is so lame by comparison.

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